Bollicine di Pirandello
Vigna Winselerhof N.V.
Bollicine di Pirandello - Vigna Winselerhof (87 TSW)
At the edge of the beautiful Strijthagerbeek valley, between Maastricht and Aachen, the hotel and 16th-century manor farm Winselerhof is part of the 'Oostwegel Collection'. A small part of this estate is also used for grape cultivation. There are about 550 vineyards with Müller-Thurgau grapes, each of which creates its own sparkling bubble wine every year - Bollicini di Pirandello.
On 21 September 2018, I was invited to help with the Winselerhof staff, the Wijngoed Fromberg team and a group of enthusiastic volunteers with the harvest of the new vintage of this Limburg bubble. A unique experience to finally help out in the vineyard.
After manual picking of this grape, the grapes are transported in crates to Wijngoed Fromberg which take care of the further vinification process. I visited the Wine Estate and was welcomed by Carmen Soomers-Wiertz, co-founder of the wine estate that started in 1991 with the viticulture on the slopes of the Fromberg.
The Pirandello bubble is made according to the traditional method (method Champenoise) just like Champagne from France and Crémant from Alsace, that is to say with a second fermentation in the bottle by adding sugar and yeast.
My tasting notes:
Bright citrus color with fine persistent mousse.
On the nose delicate aromas of nectarine, citrus with hints of white flowers and brioche.
On the palate medium-bodied with nice freshness and acidity and in the aftertaste citrus fruit and a little bitterness.
A very nice sparkling wine from the Netherlands. More information about the estate of Winselerhof can be found on www.winselerhof.nl